Pastor Uses Pepper Spray to Stop Fight

February 6, 2006 by

A Memphis pastor had to bust out the pepper spray when a church house brawl between kids carried over to the church bus Wednesday night.

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that using pepper spray on children is not a good marketing move. That goes without saying, and the article gives very few details about what actually happened so we probably shouldn’t jump to conclusions.

But it’s fair to say that having to use pepper spray to stop a fight and sending 23 kids ages 5 to 15 and one 30-year-old to the hospital is indicitive of not enough help. Every church event needs to have enough volunteers to safely handle the number of people. It’d be smart to establish ratios and if you can’t meet those ratios, cancel the event. Nothing encourages volunteers like canceling events. And nothing discourages visitors like pepper spraying their children.

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Kevin D. Hendricks

When Kevin isn't busy as the editor of Church Marketing Sucks, he runs his own writing and editing company, Monkey Outta Nowhere. Kevin has been blogging since 1998, runs the hyperlocal site West St. Paul Reader, and has published several books, including 137 Books in One Year: How to Fall in Love With Reading, The Stephanies and all of our church communication books.
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3 Responses to “Pastor Uses Pepper Spray to Stop Fight”

  • Brad
    February 6, 2006

    Just to let you know – the link requires a registration to read. Not as bad as pepper spray, but…

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  • kyle
    February 6, 2006

    You can go to to get a username and password to log in.

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  • Ryan Heneise
    February 10, 2006

    What’s a pastor doing carrying pepper spray, anyway?

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